Archive for the ‘In Our Back Yard’ category

April Showers bring … Pine Siskins?

April 12, 2018

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Jody has counted birds for Cornell’s Project Feederwatch for years. This winter her weekly counts have been down considerably from past years, which I attribute in part to the loss of a large Sunset Maple in our back yard last year (very sad).

But during the past several weeks there have been even fewer birds showing up to snack at our feeders. What’s going on? The obvious conclusion was “nesting time”…

So this week we finally received three sure signs of Spring, four-plus inches of rain, new buds on our vine maple, and several visiting Pine Siskin fledgelings like this one in our back yard.

Cheers – DJD
Rain this past week: 4.25 inches.

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The Eclipse in Our Back Yard

August 21, 2017

I didn’t make it to “totality”, but this is what the Eclipse looked like from our back yard, one image every 4 minutes.

Cheers – DJD

The Sun’s Response

August 18, 2017

I’ve got a few “spots” to clear up, but I’ll be ready for you on Monday.

Cheers – DJD

The Moon is Coming for You!

August 18, 2017

Look out Sun!

I’m coming to take a bite out of you in just 3 days. Be ready. 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: More than you’d believe. (it’s been a while)

PS: Since Google has replaced Picasa Web Albums with Google Photos I’ve been having problems getting imbedded photo links to work reliably in my blog postings. If you find a broken link, would you please leave me a comment to that affect so I can address the problem.

Frosty Week

December 11, 2016

The weather has been pretty mild this fall. Unusually wet, but not cold…

…until this week. Our forecast called for freezing temperatures and snow mid-week. The prospect of snow always gets everyone in this household excited. So we woke up Wednesday with great expectations.

There was no snow yet, but frost was decorating the back yard.

Jody pointed out how festive the hydrangea on the deck looked with the frost on the edges of the petals so I took the opportunity to take some macro shots before the sun came around the house and melted the frost.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of the day.

These frosted petals make be think of sugar dipped Christmas cookies.

As I got in closer I could start to see the crystalline structure of the frost.

If you “right click” on this next picture and select “Open Image in New Tab” then click to expand you will be able to see the hexagonal tube structure of most of these frost crystals.

And not to be left out, even Zippy sported a bit of frost on the end of his beak while he was keeping close watch over his feeders from a small tree on our deck.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 8.25 inches. 2016 year to date: 65 inches.

PS: Since Google has replaced Picasa Web Albums with Google Photos I’ve been having problems getting imbedded photo links to work reliably in my blog postings. If you find a broken link, would you please leave me a comment to that affect so I can address the problem.

I’m Not Sleeping, Just Resting My Eyes

November 16, 2016

This guy was buzzing me when I went outside to get some wood today. After he figured out I wasn’t there to bother his feeder, he went and sat in a nearby bush. That’s where he was when I got back with my camera. If you look closely you will see that I caught him blinking in this picture.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 7.75 inches. 2016 year to date: 53.75 inches.

Beautiful Autumn Visitor

October 24, 2016

This Sharp Shinned hawk has been visiting our back yard lately. The telltale sign signaling his arrival is all the feeder birds scattering at once. We then know to look for him somewhere in a nearby tree.

He doesn’t usually stay very long. In fact, I’ve tried several times to get a picture of him but he usually takes off before I can get my camera ready.

This time was different.

Even though all the feeder birds were long gone, he sat in our tree and decided to preen his feathers. He didn’t seem to mind as I slowly walk out on our deck and got into position to take his picture without limbs and leaves in the way.

After I had gotten several good shots of him, he suddenly looked straight at me, mid-preen, as if to say “that’s enough of that!”.

Then, after a few more seconds, he was gone.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 12 inches. 2016 year to date: 46.0 inches.